Wednesday 21 August horse racing tips – Dunn’s 7/2 chance can show his mettle with Worcester success
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday’s UK and Irish racemeetings, including day one of the York Ebor Festival.
A further six UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Wednesday, with the start of the York Ebor Festival meeting taking centre-stage with the Group One Juddmonte International dominating a top-class racecard.
There is also afternoon action on the flat from Bath and Carlisle; while in the evening there is all-weather racing from Kempton.
Wednesday’s jumps racing meanwhile comes from the cards at Worcester, and also Killarney in Ireland which hosts a mixed flat and jumps racing fixture.
Bath (flat) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (7 races)
York (flat) – 1.55 – 4.50pm (6 races)
Carlisle (flat) – 2.05 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Killarney (mixed) – 2.10 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Worcester (jumps) – 5.00 – 8.00pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)
(2.50) Cheekpieces appear to have curbed GREELEY‘s (7/2, William Hill) wild side, and the Sir Prancealot gelding has looked a lot more assured since being fitted with the headgear with back-to-back wins at Salisbury and Ffos Las.
Rod Millman’s charge now chases a hat-trick of wins having latterly won by almost two lengths at Ffos Las over Flying Dragon, and a subsequent 6lbs penalty may not be enough to prevent a repeat given he appeared to score with some authority latest.
This is a better race than the ones he has been winning in recently, but he could have more to offer and if the headgear continues to have a positive effect then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another big effort here as he bids for the three-timer.
(3.25) LINE OF REASON (9/2, Paddy Power) isn’t the force he once was, and the Kheleyf gelding’s losing streak now stands at 17 without success since winning at Ayr last July.
Paul Midgley’s charge has largely been out of sorts this term, although he ran one of his better races to finish a close third at York in June behind Nibras again, and his latest run behind Green Power was a decent effort where he finished seventh although was less than four lengths adrift having perhaps been given too much to do.
He drops into a Class 3 contest here, and the handicapper has given him a real chance with a 3lbs drop in the rankings which sees him compete from just 85. Given that he has won from a mark as high as 100 he is clearly well-treated if able to recapture something like his best form, and if he can build on that recent Goodwood performance then he can go close here.
1.45 – Papa Delta
2.15 – Tommy Rock
2.50 – Greeley
3.25 – Line Of Reason
4.05 – Road To Paris
4.40 – Cuttin’ Edge
5.15 – King Crimson
(2.25) Harpocrates sets the standard, but Aidan O’Brien’s charge has been kept busy and it remains to be seen if there is still water in the well; while there are plenty of potentially useful improvers in this field, and PERSUASION (5/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing to follow up on his debut win at Goodwood earlier in the month.
Charlie Hills’ Acclamation colt won readily despite only having a half-length to spare over Celtic Art, and he did well to overcome a slow start and some traffic problems late on to make his successful debut which hinted at better to come.
It was a useful effort, and the form doesn’t look too bad with a couple of the also-ran horses since acquitting themselves in subsequet outings. He is open to improvement on the back of that introduction, and he should know more about what is required this time around despite his win last time.
With plenty of potential to improve, he can make it 2-2 here and follow the footsteps of the smart Dutch Connection who won this race for the same connections back in 2014 having trodden a similar path.
(4.50) HOMESPIN (11/1, William Hill) toughed out a Glorious Goodwood win earlier in the month, beating Dylan De Vega and a few of these rivals in the process with an eye-catching run which showed his battling qualities.
The Speightstown colt had also won at Windsor the time before, and Mark Johnston’s charge looks to hold solid claims of landing the hat-trick with the potential for better still to come from him.
He was always in the firing line at the Sussex track, taking the field along early and always racing prominently before being sent back to the front entering the last furlong where he found plenty for pressure to hold off his rivals and score a ready win which hinted at better still to come.
The handicapper has reacted with a 10lbs rise in the weights, which may seem harsh; but he has plenty of scope to improve further, and he could prove to be a very smart prospect who can find the requisite progress to land the three-timer.
1.55 – Camacho Chief
2.25 – Persuasion
3.00 – Constantinople
3.35 – Elarqam
4.15 – Carnwennan
4.50 – Homespin
(2.35) ANGELS FACES (7/1, Bet365) was possibly just stretched by the longer trip on her return from a short break at Haydock latest, but the Gutaifan filly nevertheless turned in a decent effort to finish third, building on her debut seventh over the minimum trip at this course back in May.
Grant Tuer’s charge travelled well for a long way before delivering a short-lived effort, and she may be suited here by a stiff six furlongs.
She has the potential to improve further, and she could be worth chancing to find some further progress and get off the mark at the third attempt.
(3.10) BEDTIME BELLA (11/4, Paddy Power) is progressing well, and the Slade Power filly has found a further jolt of improvement in the wake of joining Michael Appeby from Karl Burke’s yard.
She had found the frame in three of her six starts for Burke, but since teaming up with Appleby she has found only one too good at Catterick back in July before posting back-to-back successes at Hamitlon and here latterly where he ran out a three lengths’ winner over Pearl Of Qatar.
She won cosily that day, and a 6lbs penalty may not be enough to prevent a repeat with the prospect of further improvement to come.
2.05 – Alioski
2.35 – Angels Faces
3.10 – Bedtime Bella
3.45 – Music Society
4.25 – Beechwood Jude
4.55 – Beverley Bullet
5.25 – Sootability
5.55 – Lucky Icon
(2.45) TIME TUNNEL (9/4, William Hill) has spurned a couple of decent opportunities to get off the mark, but Dermot Weld’s charge sets the standard nonetheless and is given another chance to open her account.
The Invincible Spirit filly has twice finished runner-up in her four starts to date, finding only one too good in outings at Leopardstown at here in July before finishing fourth latterly at Galway behind Lancaster House.
She didn’t help her chance in that last outing by being slow away from the gates, but there is a suspicion that she has a bigger performance in her and this is arguably her weakest opposition yet, so it would be disappointing if she weren’t able to collect this time around.
(3.55) INSANE BOLT (11/4, Paddy Power) has hit the crossbar in three of his last four outings, including finding only one too good behind Tauran Star at Galway last month where Johnny Murtagh’s charge was denied by only a short-head.
The Slade Power gelding was sporting a first-time visor on that occasion, and he was only headed on the line having looked set to collect. The third horse has done the form no harm since, and blinkers are now tried, while he is only 3lbs higher in the ratings for this latest run.
However, a good 5lbs claimer takes the reins now and another bold bid wouldn’t come as a surprise, and he can go one better here.
2.10 – Delta Dawn
2.45 – Time Tunnel
3.20 – Wildewood
3.55 – Insane Bolt
4.30 – Harvest Bow
5.05 – Tombstone
5.35 – Everybreathyoutake
(6.15) Mojave has a 100-day absence to overcome so INCLYNE (6/5, Bet365) could be the one to keep onside, and the Intello filly can get off the mark here.
Andrew Balding’s charge has been running well in defeat, and she was beaten less than three lengths behind Litigious at Chester last month when last seen out. Although she was no match for the easy winner, she did in turn pull well clear of the third and a repeat should put her firmly in the mix.
It is slightly concerning that she has been finding a couple too good, but switching to this surface from turf may just deliver the jolt of improvement she needs to get off the mark, and she can go close.
(6.45) LAPIDARY (3/1, William Hill) is chasing a hat-trick of wins, and the Kodiac colt has revelled in the drop to sprinting from seven furlongs, collecting wins at Lingfield on turf and here latest when beating Be Like Me by a short-head.
Heather Main’s charge found enough to hold off the late thrust of the winner, and the pair had pulled clear of the third and rest which include a subsequent winner. She looks worth chancing to land her three-timer despite the return to seven furlongs, and a 3lbs rise for that last win looks fair.
Less exposed than most of her rivals in this contest, she can give a good account in this contest, and every chance she can bag her hat-trick of wins.
5.45 – Rajguru
6.15 – Inclyne
6.45 – Lapidary
7.15 – Mawakib
7.45 – Distant Chimes
8.15 – Deal A Dollar
8.45 – Indian Viceroy
(5.30) SPRING STEEL (7/2, William Hill) made a winning return to action from two years off the track when successful at Uttoxeter in July, and having been given some time to recover from those exertions Alex Dunn’s charge can win again.
The Dushyantor gelding was a three-time chase winner back in 2016 around this time of year, and he made a winning reappearance at Uttoxeter when running out a two lengths’ winner over Vancouver where he won readily with his rivals left toiling.
A wind-operation during his absence may have unlocked some improvement, and a 5lbs rise for that latest win looks workable given the manner of that latest success so there appears every chance that he can follow up here for all this is a tougher contest.
(6.00) REALLY SUPER (10/3, Coral) won twice last term over hurdles, scoring both wins here including when striking from 4lbs out of the weights with a defeat of Peggies Venture in September.
Amy Murphy’s charge subsequently took in a strong handicap at Cheltenham, but she cut little ice in that contest, and she was subsequently given six months off which suggests she might have been amiss at Prestbury Park.
The Cacique mare has returned to action in good heart, finishing third on the flat at Nottingham in April and then filling the frame on both outings back over timber at Market Rasen and Uttoxeter latterly where she was only one length adrift of Slaine.
She has been left alone at the weights, and a return to this venue could yield a winning spark if turning up in similar form.
5.00 – Scartare
5.30 – Spring Steel
6.00 – Really Super
6.30 – West Coast Flyer
7.00 – Commander Miller
7.30 – Teeton Power
8.00 – Damut I’m Out